A Sorrowful Memory, A Great Reminder

It was only one year ago today that it happened. Really, it’s hard to believe that’s true, but it is. Terri Schiavo’s life is a reminder to us how precious each of days are, and how quickly it can be taken–or stolen–from us. The day Terri’s tube was taken away from her and she was starved to death is a hard and sorrowful thing to remember. It makes you shut your eyes and bury your head into your hands wondering why something like this could happen, and how many times it has happened without us knowing it.

Today, we’re going to take a trip back in time. It’s starts on March 18th, 2004.

Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube was removed this afternoon, probably not too long ago (around 4:00 EST). Earlier this afternoon, it looked as if Terri would be allowed to live for some time longer.[Note: the above linked article has been updated, also a link to the joint statement of congress can be found here] The story is now a sad one…Terri will begin starvation today, and will die of dehydration. Tom Delay put the situation in words correctly, calling it “an act of barbarism.” Terri’s parent’s website said,

“Terri’s nutrition and hydration have now been withheld from her. It is unclear if the port that accommodates her feeding tube has been surgically removed as her family was ordered to leave her room.”

Her husband’s lawyer called the acts of Congress “shameful.” Sir, I would call your acts “shameful…and downright barbaric.” The case will go on, as time runs short. Terri has started the torture of death. She will live but for only about two weeks more.
Dr. Morrisey or Mount Sinai Hospital said that

“They [those is a vegetative state] don’t experience hunger or discomfort, so she doesn’t suffer. What happens is, she loses fluids from her body, she enters into a peaceful coma and she passes away very gently.”

I fear that what we have said, and through what I have heard, this woman is not in a vegetative state. And she can feel, she can breathe, swallow, and respond. They are making a very serious mistake.

I blogged like I never had before that day. In fact, it was what made me the blogger I am today.

Let’s move to the 19th:

Radio Blogger has some clips from the Hugh Hewitt show which featured James Dobson. Great clips.
Dr. Dobson said of Judge Greer “This man is just wicked.” Exactly.

“she’s not in a coma, and she’s not on a respirator, she breathes on her own. And yet, Judge George Greer is just determined to kill her in a way, Hugh, that you wouldn’t do to a dog. ”

Fox News:

‘Gov. Jeb Bush said the judge’s decision “breaks my heart” and noted that it often takes two decades for a death row inmate’s appeals to go through the system.
“There’s this rush to starve her to death,” Bush said.’

This whole situation is terrible. Republican congressmen have dedicated their weekends to saving Terri’s life. This post gives some hope though. Stay tuned for more info on the situation.

Two days later, I sat down at my computer and started to type again on Michael Schiavo’s words, ““We didn’t know what Terri wanted, but this is what we want…” I was absolutely stunned.

Then came March 22:

Well, the battle goes on. You’ve heard the story of the Schindlers attorney filing a request for an emergency injunction with a federal district court in Tampa, Florida. The war goes on as the judge has said that he will not make an immediate ruling on the case. Not good news as I’ve heard news that Terri may have an infection, and may pass away sooner than expected (Reported on Pro-Life Blogs). Time is running short in this case of life and death. Especially now that that injuction has been denied and a new one has been filed. They will be working into the night on this one. It’s amazing.

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff they comfort me

God has a will for Terri. He’s in control of the situation. His hand is on all that goes on. He can use this situation to teach us. I believe God is sovereign over all things and that he has a plan for you, me, and for those in situations like Terri’s. He is an amazing God.

/ Indescribable, Uncontainable,/
/You placed the stars in the sky/
/And You know them by name/
/You are amazing God/
/All powerful, untamable/
/You see the depths of my heart /
/And you love me the same/
/You are amazing God/
(Chris Tomlin,Indescribable)

March 24th was another day. The fight continued on. I was struck that day by some powerful words:

“When I close my eyes at night, all I can see is Terri’s face in front of me, dying, starving to death,” Mary Schindler (search) said outside her daughter’s Pinellas Park hospice. “Please, someone out there, stop this cruelty. Stop the insanity. Please let my daughter live.”

The blogs started making a huge wave as well.

Also on March 24th, I posted a wonderful interview.

March 25th continued. My Senator, a Democrat, made a great statement:

“This is a terrible tragedy. There was no living will and the family was divided…I felt that it was appropriate under these unique circumstances that the court take one last look at this.”

Then came the end.

Terri Schiavo has died just a little while ago. I knew it would be soon, but it’s still amazing that this is somewhat over. But perhaps a movement for euthanasia has begun?

I also find it sad to hear that the Schindlers were denied access to the room as she died. Come on! That really is going to far. That’s one of the worst things Micheal Schiavo could have done and he did it. Hey, what did he have to lose?

We, as bloggers, really can’t explain what’s going on in our minds and hearts, but we can tell you that we’ve tried. And though it seems that we have all lost, that is truly not the case.

This situation, I’m sure, has opened the eyes of many to the fact that America is heading down a path that may lead to legal suicide and murder. These people will now take action. It’s brought hope to others like Terri, who need our help to save their life.

God has a purpose and plan for everything, though we may not see it right away, or we may not see it at all. He will use Terri’s situation for good. I don’t know the spiritual condition of
Terri, but I know God can use anyone to work out his plan. Our prayer is that Terri knew the Lord, but we just don’t know. It would be so awesome to get to heaven and meet someone that you had worked to try to save their life. But we just don’t know.

As we move on this week, we must let ourselves pray for life. For our country we must pray we’ll get back on the right track. We must pray that our judges will make the right decisions.

I had planned to write about the Church today, but that will be tomorrow. If you want to find out more about Terri, and perhaps read her story, look at some of these links below:

* Wittenburg Gate has the full story from beginning to end (bloggers story).

* World Net Daily has the history.

* All things 2 All has many posts on Terri and links to other posts.

That fight was over, but there are so many more that we cannot afford to lose. Are you willing to stand?

7 responses to “A Sorrowful Memory, A Great Reminder”

  1. Kierstyn P. says:

    That was one huge mess…… I didn’t start blogging till May of that year(I had to persuade my parents first). But I wished that I had one set up, just for that….

    I don’t kow exactly how it got reported to the rest of the US, but I was in Fl the wole time, so it was almost 24/7 news on Terri.

    The worst thing was, the people with the power to save her, didn’t act.

    we need to be able to stand even when the media/ leftist organizations critisize us.

  2. Eric Cox says:

    I will never forget that horrible day. I’m linking to this post.

  3. […] Some guy named Tim Sweetman has blogged on the subject as well. […]

  4. Another thing to consider about the Terri Schaivo case is what caused her to end up in that state in the first place. I don’t remember if it caused a stroke or a heart attack, but the cause was determined to be a severe chemical and enzyme imbalance in her body due to bulimia. Eating disorders are something that are tossed to the wayside so often in our cultures, and there is very little awareness about it out there. I have a friend who had to go to Remuda Ranch due to her bulimia, and I really wish that the Terri Schaivo case was bringing to the forefront, not just the right-to-life case, but also the factor of eating disorder awareness.

  5. Maggie4Life says:

    This is such a beautifully sensitive remembrance of what happened to Terri.

    I would like to answer Hannah, because she has not bothered to get in touch with the autopsy report that proved once and for all that Terri did not have a heart attack, she did not have a stroke and she did not have bulimia. The bulimia angle was something that Michael Schiavo seized upon in an effort to make money out of his wife’s condition. When he did not succeed in getting the amount that he wanted, he then decided that she should die, like he wanted in the first place. Sorry. My money remains upon attempted strangulation via the policeman’s hold. It does not show up in the same way as fingers around the throat. It is a fact that the majority of attempted strangulations never get prosecuted because there is lack of evidence!!!

  6. Maggie4Life says:

    Tim, I sent a response but something went wrong. I noticed that my email address had an error. You have written a really great article.

  7. Tim says:

    Thanks for the comment Maggie. It’s much appreciated (it just got held up in the moderation queue. This site sometimes get’s a good amount of traffic, and along with that comes a large amount of spammers, so I have to approve first-time commenters.)

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